I'm leaving this afternoon for a five day silent retreat using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. During the retreat I will be off the computer, off social media, and off the phone. In other words, I will be putting the world on mute and entering into an intense time with the Lord. So I will not be posting this week live. Instead, I've scheduled some articles that will automatically post while I'm gone, but I won't be moderating comments until I return. So expect a delay in seeing your comment if you leave one.
I will be praying for all the members and visitors of my blog at daily Mass and when I pray the rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, especially those whose I.D.s I know and can remember to specifically mention like Catechist Kevin, New Guy, Boinky, Dymphna, Terry, Janet, TLM, etc. Thank you all for your part in my spiritual growth. May God bless you abundantly.
Monday, July 6, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the Creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws....God himself is the author of marriage."This is the portion quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that Father read to us this morning, but it would be well worth while to pull out your copy of the documents of the council (You have one right?) and read the entire section on marriage. I'm leaving for retreat tomorrow and I'm taking it as a source of meditation so I can reflect on how I'm doing after 45 years.
Gaudium et Spes #48
Saturday, July 4, 2015
...so we had one at Camp Kreitzer for the 4th of July. If you want to read about it, visit my Gramma blog. When I'm together with my family, especially the grandchildren, it gives me real hope for the future. As someone once said, "Children are God's opinion that the world should go on." And they are the future! Let us raise them to be warriors and witnesses for Christ.
So, yes, I'm celebrating this INDEPENDENCE DAY. Christians, we are independent through the power of the Holy Spirit. Think of the early Christians. They were free even in prison. They went singing to their deaths knowing that for all the persecution, they were the fortunate ones -- not the mobs screaming for their blood. Think of Maximilian Kolbe at Auschwitz. Who was more enslaved? He and his fellow prisoners or his captors locked up in hate, enslaved by the devil?
You know what I'm doing today? My husband and I are going to Mass to thank God for this beautiful country that in the past offered so much hope to so many people. We can be that country again. I hope some of our visiting grandchildren will go with us. Then we're going to the dollar store to buy a bunch of patriotic balloons to take to the nursing home. What a joy it will be to have my grandchildren give out the balloons to the residents and staff wishing them all a blessed day. Then we'll stop at Sheetz to buy treats for the kids.
And then....we will celebrate the rest of the day honoring marriage and family with food and fun and fireworks.
As the day closes, we will pray the rosary for our poor country through the intercession of Our Lady of Hope. Being a gloomy Christian never helped anyone. I refuse to give the rainbow, the sign of hope, to those celebrating sodomite marriage. I reclaim it as the sign of the covenant with Abraham. God promised his descendants would be like the sands on the seashore. Christians, let's get busy changing this sinful world starting by reclaiming our own families and neighborhoods.
Our Lady of Hope, pray for us!
Friday, July 3, 2015
The Bill of Rights is in deep trouble. Freedom of Religion is a joke. The powers that be have said we are free to worship in our churches, but they've locked the doors to keep us inside telling us not to bring our narrow-minded opinions into the market place. And certainly we may not exercise our moral values on the job. Christian nurses and doctors have been fired for refusing to participate in abortions. Christian photographers and florists and bakeries, you better provide services for sodomite marriages! Teachers, don't you say a word against sex ed or sodomite marriage or the gay-straight alliance. Sure, you can have moral values as long as you shut up about them.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
County Clerks Refuse to Obey Supreme Court Sodomite Marriage Ruling
From small counties in Arkansas to busy towns in Texas, there are hundreds of people ready to defend the ground five unelected justices took from voters. The Court may have changed their definition of marriage, Kentucky clerk Chris Cockrell explained, but he isn't prepared to change his. If that means going to jail, so be it. And according to the state's ACLU, that's no empty threat. "Two things can happen if a Kentucky clerk won't issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple," warned one law professor. "They can resign or go to jail."
And don't think the Left won't send them.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
I remember being outside the Supreme Court the day the Webster decision came down July 3, 1989. I met a young man that day who was about to enter the seminary. He is now a priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. Recently he published a strong column in his bulletin about how wrong sodomite marriage is. (He didn't use that terminology.) What happened? He got a slap down from the Cardinal. Will he speak out again?
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
First of all, he never preaches anything but the truth. He preaches the word of God in its fullness. He never undermines the doctrine of the Church or promotes heresy and dissent. He prays the liturgy with reverence and follows the rubrics. He loves the Blessed Mother, guardian angels, and the saints. He knows that love isn't a warm, fuzzy feeling but a strong desire for the greatest good for the other, i.e., eternal salvation. He knows that sometimes love requires speaking the hard truth.
On the other hand, how do you recognize a priest who can't be trusted?
Essure is a permanent type of birth control in the form of tiny metal coils inserted into women’s Fallopian tubes. When the coils are implanted they are supposed to stay in the Fallopian tubes, where they create a chronic infection that will cause scar tissue to form around the coils, effectively closing the tubes and rendering the woman sterile....
At least five deaths of women, and five deaths of fetuses in women who’ve been implanted with Essure, have been reported. Other side effects many of the “Essure Problems” women have experienced include perforated organs, coils lodged in colons, fetal disfigurement due to nickel poisoning, chronic pain, exhaustion, bouts of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Would you use it? If yes,